Written by: Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.
When it comes to searching for a job, location matters.
I used to think that living in an area that was considered a life science hub would mean that I would never get a job.
I thought the competition would be too fierce.
In reality, the opposite was true.
The fiercest competition was in remote areas of the country where there were few companies, even fewer openings, and many job-hungry graduates hoping to make their career transition a reality.
As networking is such a pivotal part of a job search strategy, living in an area with both a high concentration of biotechnology and biopharmaceutical companies and, in turn, networking events, was key.
I could easily prioritize both networking and completing my research without having to travel far.
Most importantly, I networked with employees at these company hubs before I graduated so I could build professional relationships and learn which companies I would be most interested in working with.
When you start networking in a biotechnology or biopharmaceutical cluster, you quickl...